Republican Who Blamed Uvalde Shooting on Transgender Medicine Wins Primary
gun control and mental health care to solve America's gun violence epidemic.Fiore, who currently serves on the Las Vegas City Council, however, blamed the shooting on health care for transgender individuals—and secured the Republican nomination to become the next state treasurer.AP projects Fiore has won the race after she accrued more than double the number of votes as opponent Emanuel Kess with 65 percent of the vote counted. At the time of reporting, Fiore has 71,434 votes (61 percent of the vote) to Kess with only 34,531 (30 percent of the vote).She will now face incumbent state Treasurer Zach Conine, a Democrat who faced no primary challenger, in November in the swing state that will be home to several battleground races.While speaking at a campaign event on June 5, Fiore sought to dismiss calls for enhanced gun control measures, instead blaming the shooting on health care for transgender individuals—repeating a baseless claim spread in far-right circles online.In the wake of the shooting, she said the government should "ban pharmaceutical companies" that provide gender-affirming health care to the transgender community, including hormone therapy."You know what we have to ban? We have to ban the pharmaceutical companies that are giving these individuals pharmaceutical psychotropic drugs," she said, claiming the shooter was on drugs that would adversely affect his mental state, an allegation that has not been confirmed by any evidence.She added that he was "on a lot of different medications from transgendering, so his mind was quite defective."There has been no proof that Ramos was transgender.